Archives for category: art

Lee Jung is a rare combination of poet and visual artist.  Her C-type photographs often feature large, neon poems against a serene natural environment.  In the work “To Death,” the neon words read, “With my soul in your eyes to eternity as you are inside me at first sight your name I swear take my all thinking of you to death.”  Her statements are often political and many of the photographs are taken on the border of North Korea.  Jung was educated at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom and was recently featured in the “Chaotic Harmony” photography exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  You can view more of her work here.

To Death by Jung Lee, 2010

Why? by Jung Lee, 2010

How Could You Do This To Me by Jung Lee, 2010

I Still Remember by Jung Lee, 2010

My Heart is Yours by Jung Lee, 2010

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It is ironic that artist Vanessa Cooper shares her name with an adult film star because her charming paintings are the embodiment of innocence.  Hampshire born, raised and based, her often idyllic works feature scenes from life in the English countryside painted in a style reminiscent of folk art.  Bold colors and humorous compositions bring to mind naive painters Maud Lewis, Seraphine Louis, and John Kane.  Coooper accepts commissions and more of her work is available on her website.

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

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The De Young in San Francisco has staged a ground-breaking multimedia exhibit featuring 140 of John Paul Gaultier’s haute couture designs.  With a career spanning more than forty years, the context of Gaultier’s work is often gritty and controversial although the superb craftsmanship and detail ensure the work is always beautiful.  Known in popular culture for his work with Madonna in the 90s and his costume design on The Fifth Element and City of Lost Children, Gaultier’s work transcends high fashion into fine art.  Working in collaboration with Montreal-based theater company Ubu Compagnie de Creation, the exhibit includes 30 animated mannequins who talk, sing, and blink in an eerily lifelike way.  The exhibit runs through August 19th.

An animated mannequin.

A wedding gown.

Beaded dress that took 1002 hours to complete.

For more information on the exhibit, visit the De Young website.

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Dutch painter Kees Goudzwaard’s paintings  are meticulously planned, smooth-surfaced oil paintings exploring geometric forms neatly arranged and connected by tape.  After first working on a paper, foil, and tape prototype, he reproduces the model in thin, even layers of oil paint.  The three-dimensional effect is the result of “multiplicity and accumulation of shapes rather than lines.”  Simplistic and yet extremely complicated in their composition, the paintings explore the idea of fragility, futility, and the minutia of everyday life.   A book, Kees Goudzwaard-Provisional Space, is currently available for purchase through the artist’s website.

Shielded (2008) by Kees Goudzwaard

Lightweight (2009) by Kees Goudzwaard

Range (2011) by Kees Goudzwaard

Photograpm (2009) by Kees Goudzwaard

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Trained in landscape architecture and urban planning and a self-taught screen printer, Todd Stewart works by printing identical images many times withing a given space until a composition emerges.  The pieces are built “by exposing the control and precision of illustration to the unpredictability and chance inherent to the printmaking process.”  His Cityscape series explores the landscape of both well-known and obscure cities; most are places Stewart has not physically visited.  “I am acutely aware of how construction -with regards to both structure and meaning-informs my work.  These abstract land and cityscapes embody both serenity and instability, resulting in dreamlike tension from which subjective narratives can be born.  Working from a base of imagery culled internally-from memory, dreams, past experience-and externally-from my immediate surroundings-I create pieces that consciously allow for open interpretation and multiple perspectives.”  The works “reflect a search for meaning in unfamiliar landscapes.”  Stewart’s work is available online at his Etsy shop.

Bogota by Todd Stewart

Accra by Todd Stewart

Moscow by Todd Stewart

For more information on the artist, visit his website or his Etsy store.

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Chris Buzelli is something of a modern day Hieronymus Bosch.  His paintings and illustrations often depict a future where the hubris and self-destructive tendencies of civilization have ruinous results.  Bosch warned against sexual immorality and sin and its devastating consequences in the afterlife in his colorful, whimsical, and horrific paintings.  Buzelli is more concerned with the environmental and social consequences of our actions.  In an illustration called “China’s Ignorance” for Global Brief Magazine, Buzelli takes on the topic of over-fishing and the consumption of resources; in another illustration called “Toxic Secrets,” a demon is depicted as having a smog-spewing factory for a head.  Like Bosch, his colorful palette and playful characters belie the dark messages being conveyed.  Buzelli’s work can be seen in exhibitions, publications, books, and advertisements throughout the world.

Children Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Buzelli

M-44 Wolves by Chris Buzelli

China's Ignorance by Chris Buzelli

Harbinger by Chris Buzelli

Click here to see more of Buzelli’s work.  For more information on Bosch, visit this website.

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“We could go on and on about the Faber Castell Artist Pen’s precision and control, but we thought we’d just show you.”  Pen company Faber Castell hired the agency of Ogilvy and Mather Singapore to re-create masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci using their Artist Pen.  The remarkable thing about the publicity stunt is that artist Chan Hwee Chong drew each image with a single, unbroken line.  See the video at the bottom to see how he did it.

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

Detail

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

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Artist Amy Friend often explores the connection between the past and present, her ancestors and herself.  In her Dare alla Luce series, she has taken vintage photographs and brought them to life with small pinholes of light.  The effect on the figures is apparitional, a reminder of our own mortality and transience.  Friend says, “I aimed to give the photographs back to the light, hence the title of the series, Dare alla Luce, an Italian phrase used to describe the moment of birth.”

Afterglow by Amy Friend, 2012

What is done in the darkness, will be be brought to the light by Amy Friend, 2012

Latent light by Amy Friend, 2012

We are a tablet of wax by Amy Friend, 2012

For more information on the artist and her Dare alla Luce series, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrates the female Surrealists of the United States and Mexico.  According to the museum, “While their male counterparts usually cast women as objects for their delectation, female Surrealists delved into their own subconscious and dreams, creating extraordinary visual images.  Their art was primarily about identity:  portraits, double portraits, self-referential images, and masquerades that demonstrate their trials and pleasures.”  Works by Frida Kahlo, Muriel Streeter, Remedios Varo are represented and the exhibition runs through May 6th at the Resnick Pavilion.

The Chess Queens by Muriel Streeter, 1944

For more information, visit the museum website.  If you cannot make the exhibition, you can purchase the book here.

-Jayme Catalano

 

Artist Gesine Marwedel creates wonderful optical illusions with her body paintings.  Using masterful painting techniques in coordination with photography and lighting, she transforms beautiful women into landscapes and creatures.  In one image, she has created the illusion of a pink flamingo; in another, she has superimposed a desert landscape onto undulating curves.  A practicing occupational therapist based in Germany, Marwedel also works in more traditional and lasting mediums.

Gesine Marwedel

For more of the work, please visit Gesine Marwedel’s website.

-Jayme Catalano